Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Catching Up - Lunches

Boogs is in 3rd Grade this year and is not as interested in fancy lunches as he has been in the past. He is adamantly against buying the school lunch, so I still make his lunch every day. I make fairly boring lunches with an occasional fancy lunch thrown in. Here is a catch up of some of his recent(ish) lunches.

Beauty and the Beaks: A Turkey's Cautionary Tale by Mary Jane and Herm Auch
I made this lunch during Thanksgiving week. It has been a long time since I posted lunches. This was a cute book about Beauty and her friends working together to save Lance from being the star of the farmer's Thanksgiving meal. Beauty gives Lance a complete makeover to disguise him from the farmer. Boogs thought this was a cute story. In the ELB lunchbox: ham & cheese Lance in a dress sandwich, veggie turkey, yogurt, and blackberries.

Tang Soo Do lunch
I made this lunch for Boogs the day before he had his orange belt testing in Tang Soo Do. I used the Fred and Friends Ninjabread Cookie Cutters for the pb&j and ham & cheese ninjas, there are radish ninja stars on top of the salad along with extra ham & cheese, and a fruit cup.

The Sherlock Files: The 100-Year-Old Secret by Tracy Barrett
Boogs has always liked mystery stories. I found this book at my school's used book sale and brought it home. Boogs read it to me over a couple of weeks. It tells the story of how Zena and Xander Holmes discover they are the great-great-great grandchildren of  Sherlock Holmes. The siblings receive Sherlock Holmes' unsolved casebook and then try to solve the difficult mystery of a missing painting.  Boogs enjoyed trying to use the clues in the book to solve the case alongside Zena and Xander. This book is the first book in a series and we have already bought the next three books in the series.  In the Laptop Lunchbox: Sherlock Holmes casebook turkey & cheese sandwich, Chex Mix, raisins, yogurt, mango, and salad.

The Trolls by Polly Horvath
Aunt Sally arrives to babysit Melissa, Amanda, and Frank while their parents take a trip. Aunt Sally is an unusual person who tells very unusual stories about her family. The children are intrigued by her tales and wonder if they are true. Did they really have a great uncle who came to visit for three days and stayed for seven years? Did their dad really sit around and chew on sticks in the evening for extra fiber when he was a boy? Were there really trolls on the island where their Aunt Sally and their father lived? Boogs enjoyed reading this story. In the ELB lunchbox: grilled cheese sandwich with cheese Aunt Sally munching on a green bean mustache, blackberries, and salad.

The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
This is another book I bought at the used book sale. Jared, Simon, and Mallory move into a large, falling down old house with their mother. Strange things happen in the house. Jared finds an old book, a handmade field guide to all the magical faeires that truly exist in the world. The children use the book to figure out how to stop a boggart from pulling awful tricks on them. In the ELB lunchbox: cheese Thimbletack on salami sandwich, yogurt covered raisins, almonds, broccoli, tomatoes, kiwi, and strawberries.

Junkyard by Mike Austin
I got the adorable CuteZCute Robo Bread Bento Sandwich Stamping Cutter set and had to find a book to pair with it for a story themed lunch. Here is a photo from the Amazon description of the set. It is a fun set to play with.

 This book was too young for Boogs. He would have loved it a few years ago. It tells the story of two robots who munch and crunch through all of the junk in the junkyard. They are able to clean up so well, they can turn the area into a park. In the Laptop lunchbox: pb&j robot sandwich, almond spare parts, oyster cracker nuts, cheese stick bolts, broccoli trees for the new park, and berries.

Most of Boogs' lunches look like the ones shown below. They don't really have a theme, just food thrown in a box. I use Applegate Farms and Boar's Head lunchmeats in Boogs' lunches.

Alexandra from Lunch With Eyeness was very kind to send Boogs this Garfield box. The box was originally sold with an assortment of jams and jellies inside. Boogs was super excited to receive it and insisted that I send his lunch to school in it the very next day. He did not care that lunch in the box was not Garfield themed. This was a thrown together lunch of Italian salami, cheese stick, okra chips, tomatoes, an orange, and a Zbar.

In the ELB lunchbox: pear, carrots, tomatoes, cheese, hard salami, Hawaiian roll, and almonds.

In the ELB lunchbox: orange, green bean & carrot chips, macadamia nuts, ham, crackers, dried apricot, Babybel cheese, and graham cracker cookie letters.

This was a quick DIY lunchable in an ELB lunchbox: cheese, crackers, salami, cashews, blueberries, salad, and yogurt.

In the Laptop Lunchbox: yogurt, mango, tomatoes, carrots, spinach, yogurt covered pretzels, Goldfish crackers, and almond butter & jelly snowflake sandwich.

I used the square Funbites cutting tool to make teeny, tiny, mini ham & cheese sandwiches with orange slices, broccoli, cauliflower, Goldfish crackers, okra chips, and pistachios packed in an ELB lunchbox.

You can find ELB lunchboxes and Laptop Lunchboxes for sale on Amazon HERE and HERE.

Be sure to check out the wonderful sites I link to on my sidebar! If you want to see more book inspired lunches, click on the "lunches" label at the end of this post or go to My Story Themed Lunches board on Pinterest. I would love for you to leave a comment to let me know you stopped by.

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